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John Byrom

John Byrom or John Byrom of Kersal or John Byrom of Manchester FRS was an English poet, the inventor of a revolutionary system of shorthand and later a significant landowner. He is most remembered as the writer of the lyrics of Anglican hymn Christians awake! Salute the happy morn, which was supposedly a Christmas gift for his daughter... Read More

Born29 February 1692
Manchester, England
Died26 September 1763 (aged 71)
Manchester, England
OccupationPoet, inventor of a shorthand system, landowner
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